ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sexual assault cases in Anchorage are reported often, but Anchorage police say they rarely deal with cases involving a man as the victim.
It’s an issue brought to light by Thursday’s arraignment of an Eagle River woman, accused of sexually assaulting and blackmailing an Air Force airman visiting Alaska for training.
Agencies that deal with domestic and sexual violence say it’s a major issue that is rarely reported -- one they say the public needs to know about. It’s a kind of violence that isn’t about physical power, and victims often don’t fight back.
“Often people feel like they’re the cause of the problem,” said Melissa Emmal, of Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis. “So if I’m a victim, I’m thinking, ‘I’m causing this abuse, I’m not perfect enough, I’m not worthy enough’ and that it’s my fault. Then I may feel guilty like I should be able to solve this problem.”